Wednesday, December 30, 2015

(12/28/15 email - She stayed in Tarapoto and her new companion is Hermana Ruiz from Piura Peru. She will complete her mission next month.  Kaitlyn loves her and says that they get along really well.)

Hey mom! So I don’t really have time to write a big group email this time since I saw/talked to you guys on Christmas but man it was good to see you!! The internet connection was soooo terrible and I was just so frustrated, Hermana Snyder said she had problems with her internet as well. ugh but I’m just glad I got to see your faces, that’s really what made me tear up, I’m just really grateful for you guys. Wyat, Daxton and Zoe are so cute I just want to kiss and love on them, but I will do a lot of that in a year and a couple months.

But Christmas was a really good day! The day before we had 2 lessons and the people gave us a TON of food, because here they celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve at midnight with a huge feast but we had to be in our house by 9 p.m. so one of our investigators literally gave us a huge feast of our own, it was so cute and then on Christmas we just played a bunch of games for the zone party and the Nelsons made a big dinner for us with American pie and we watched the polar express and that was awesome! (: but yeah Ill have more time and stuff to say to you next week! This morning I had to go with a different comp to the dentist because she needs a root canal and that took like 2 and a half hours so that’s why I’m so late writing today. The dentist was actually really nice but he wasn’t using gloves....so that pretty much made me cringe, especially since I’m a dental assistant and know the importance of it, but yea, that’s a little scary, haha.
Well until next week.  Love you family!
Hermana Jackson

(Kaitlyn's camera won't charge :( so no pictures this week unless I can find and borrow some from Sister Nelson's posts or one of the other missionaries serving in her area that has a blog)





                  I found a couple new pictures from Hermana Brianne Gurney's blog
                    that I have been following. She is from New Jersey and was just
                  transferred to Tarapoto.  This is a picture of the Zone on Christmas. 
 
                            This is a beautiful view of Tarapoto.  Hermana Gurney said
                            that it looked a lot like Utah to her,  but a much poorer Utah.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hey Momma. So I think that I´ll just be staying in this area since I’m still training but anything could really happen! I won´t know who my new comp is until tomorrow or maybe tonight if I actually leave Tarapoto.  I’m really hoping that I don’t because this area is awesome and I’m starting to feel like I actually know how to do stuff! I´ve planned everyday this week for the people that we teach all by myself and made all the goals and everything and I think that´s honestly been such a blessing for me to have to figure it out on my own.  I understand so much better how everything works. And guess what, I’ve used a map every single day here! Who knew I would ever be able to read a map!! (; And we only got lost a couple times so that’s good.
So yeah my comp left on Tuesday.  She has been gone to so many meetings for the last couple of weeks that it doesn’t seem like she has really gone home.  So yeah that morning we did a service project with Luzmila and just painted a room in her house for her! Her family is awesome. Luzmila is the sassiest person, I love her. Her husband is really cool too but he is Evangelico so we´re trying to teach him more because that´s a huge problem when only one of the parents will be a member.  Like another one of our menos activios is familia Carrasco. And the husband’s friends have pulled him away from the church and now they never come. This week on Wednesday, the kids wanted us to make them pizza, so we´re going to do that with Sister Nelson and whoever my new comp is.  oh! One of the days here it rained sooooo hard!! It was crazy! All of the streets were just gushing with water and all of the man holes were overflowing and here we were just trudging through the streets sopping wet haha but its fine cause I love the rain here. And the last house we went to, the kid opened the door and his family wasn’t home but he told us to wait for a minute and he came back with two glasses of warm water just to warm our hands up haha it was super sweet.
hmm what else can I tell you! Let’s see on Friday I made the most perfect plan ever to visit all of these people and it took me forever to make because I wanted to visit a bunch of new people so I used the ward list and found a bunch of new names that lived close to each other! But we literally visited every single one, like 12 different houses and only three of them were home. It was terrible haha But its fine I’m still just super proud of the plans I made even if all the them fell through.(;
This morning was cool though! Even though its p-day we decided to visit a family right before we came here! This family is a reference that we got from Hna Vega when she went to Iquitos and she got this families name from their son that lives in Iquitos and his mom is really sick and he wanted the elders to give her a blessing. And anyways, we taught them a lesson and me and Hermana Nelson both feel like the family is sooo ready to hear the gospel! So that’ll be cool to see how everything turns out in the next couple weeks! Stay tuned (;
Anyways that’s it for this week!

Love ,Hna Jackson

Oh also I forgot to tell you that there was an earthquake here that was pretty big two weeks ago!!! It was really cool to feel and there were aftershocks like 3 times.

*Her camera's battery was dead so luckily I was able to take some pictures off of Sister Nelson's FB and Blog . They are at the Tarapoto airport dropping off Hna Vega. 

                       The three ladies with Hna's Jackson and Vega are their pensionista's and their
                                                    land ladie on the right with her children.


Monday, December 7, 2015

It's been a great week!

Hahaha your email is so cute I love you mom!! BUT WHAT THE CRAP, PG High!! Dumb kid really messed up, that´s so scary!! Wooooww I can’t believe that. I’m glad that everything was okay though; I’d rather have it be a false call than something that really happened!  Oh my goodness I just wanna love baby Zoe so bad you have no idea!! Please send her to me!! That’s so awesome though, (her blessing day) it’s crazy how big she already is. The time is going fast, but like not really because I feel like I’ve been here for 8 years, lol.
(In reply to info about her grandmother’s) Will you tell both grandma’s I love them so much and tell them that I say hi and merry Christmas! Also tell grandma Neanie happy birthday for me!!

Questions for the week. First, Where did you stay while Hna Vega was in Iquitos?  Did you stay with the Nelson's or did another sister come and stay with you at your house? Tell about the experience. So I stayed with the Nelson’s like you saw on Sister Nelson’s FB. This was the best week ever !! haha I felt right at home, the Nelson’s are so sweet. Their house is in Shilcayo. (An area in Tarapoto) So we just traveled at night, me and Hna Nelson, so that we could visit people in my area but other than that we were in Shilcayo.  On Tuesday we taught our investigator Aurura. She is awesome, she has a loooot of faith in God but it’s sad cause she is just not progressing because her son is a pastor for a different church and she just doesn’t understand the concept of a restored gospel so I don’t think that we can teach her much more if she’s just not gonna accept change. But this is the same lady that prays for 20 minutes every time and I swear every time she’s like 8 minutes in and some cats just start fighting. It’s nuts. But Aurura also has cancer of the blood (Leukemia?) so I fasted for her yesterday. Her husband is suuuper funny though. I should get a pic of them but he’s a really old guy and he always shakes my hand and says "grinnnnngita" and then just starts laughing his head off hahaha seriously every time. On Wednesday Elder Nelson set apart a missionary here who is going to serve in England Birmingham so that was super cool to see!! I’m running out of time and I have a bunch of more stuff to tell you! ahhhh so I’ll just shorten everything. We had pancakes with syrup which is amazing because they only have syrup in Lima! And also I had a sandwich! And it was like American! So that was awesome (; oh something super cool is that I set up my historia familiar account this week and I was filling out the people in my tree and I got to gpa Dale’s and someone had written a whoooooole bunch about him and his life!! so I just got to read about grandpa for an hour so that was way cool mom! lol something funny is that this lady who’s a member gave me a sack full of shirts for my birthday I guess, but literally all of the shirts are crop tops hahahahahaha so gotta save those for after the mish (;(; , haha gotcha Mom!

How far away is your church building from your house and is there only one branch that all of the missionary's in Tarapoto go to? Is the baptismal font there?
The church isn’t super close. It’s like 5 minutes in a motokar and 20 minutes if we walk from our house. idk really but there’s 4 churches here in Tarapoto!! Each area has their own and there’s a font in each one. And yeah they are branches but they are working to make them wards right now. 

What were you taught in Zone Conference? Did any special leaders come to it?
Sister Nelson's blog mentions preparing a group for a trip on buses to the Trujillo Temple, is this for the missionaries also?  That’s what the Nelson’s are doing is just making it so a bunch of people can go on these trips to the temple, but it’s only for the members not the missionaries.

So transfers are next week on the 14th I believe.  So I think I’ll just be with the Nelson’s for this week and also the other missionaries in Shilcayo because my comp finishes her mish and leaves this Wednesday.  K my times almost up.
Love you all.

Love Hermana Jackson



This is Hna Walker with Hna Jackson.  She is from Lehi.
Kind of funny to go to another country to meet someone who lived down
the road from you here at home.
While Hna Jackson was with the Nelson's they went to the Reyes home. 
Elder Nelson was working on installing a shelf unit for them.  
How grateful we should be for our own homes and modern conveniences.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Thanksgiving in Tarapoto 11/30/2015

This week I  got smart and asked her some specific questions and told her to make it easy on herself and just copy and paste them in her email body and answer them that way. Worked like a charm 



So tell some more details about mission life. Describe a typical day. 
What time do you get up?    We get up at 630 everyday! I’m pretty used to it though and every day I wake up like 10 minutes exactly before we actually have to get up its weird.
Then what do you do before leaving home for the day... then we exercise and get ready and go to breakfast at 7:30 at Mariesol’s house and then return at 8 and have personal study. Then 9 is comp study and then it depends on what day it is for what we do at 10, but on Fridays and I think its Thursdays (days blend together) we go proselyting at 10 until 1:00 p.m. and then we have lunch and then 2 is Idioma (language) and then at 3:00 it’s 12 Semanas which is a program for the newbies and then we proselyte from 4 to 6 p.m. and then have dinner and then proselyte from 7 to 9 p.m. and then plan and after that, go to bed at 10:30 p.m . THIS IS MY LIFE CADA DIA (Every day)
What's for breakfast....do you actually eat breakfast there (she didn’t eat breakfast much at home) ? Where do you eat ? Breakfast is like my favorite meal. We have a bunch of different things but my favorite is fruit bowls. It’s just a bunch of cut up fresh fruit with this stuff called avena which is like this oatmeal stuff but idk I love it and then yogurt. Then on other days we have cereal and eggs and breakfast sandwiches and stuff but yeah we just eat right at Mariesol’s house which is like 3 minutes away.
How's your bed? Any more spiders in your bed?   Any trouble with Mosquitoes ,  are you wearing repellent every day and sleeping with the net over you?
Mmy beds fine. I dont really notice bugs anymore lol and yeah I use the net every night and wear repellent.
Do you still need lotion and lip stuff even with the humidity?   I still use lotion but I hardly ever need lip stuff.
How many sisters are in your home?  How far away do the other missionary's live from you? Our house is like a room lol, so it’s only me and my comp that live there and the other missionary’s live in different areas! It’s like I live in PG and Snyder lives in American Fork and the other sisters live in Highland and then other sisters live in Provo basically.
All we know about Sister Vega is she's Latina and from California.  Are her parent's on FB and are you close to her? Yeah Vega’s really cool! We get along super good!
Is there any word on the postal strike over there, have you received anything else yet?  Ugh noooo I’ll probably get your packages in like another year when I finish my mission(; stupid postal strikes.
How many outfits did you get to take with you?  I've only seen pictures with maybe 3 different outfits.  J I'm hoping you have more.Yeah I brought a bunch of different ones of my clothes. I have like 5 skirts and 5 dresses or something I just only take pics with those three I guess haha 
Take some pictures of things that would be normal to people there because I'm sure that they would totally be neat and interesting for us here no matter what it is. Take some of the places you go regularly, like where you email from.  Your plane rides to zone conference if you went back to Iquitos for that, just everything you can. :) And what is the weirdest/yuckiest thing you've eaten.  How's your stomach adjusting?    Zone conf was just here! We never fly to Iquitos unless you get changed there! And my stomach is totally fine now, the food is normal. But I haven’t really eaten anything gross cause Mariesol and Rosio cook good food and that’s the only place we eat at! There was this fruit that was super gross though. It’s called aguaje. idk if that’s how you spell it but its gross.
This week was good though!! But we don’t have very many people who are progressing right now which is super frustrating. So this week we want to find a bunch of new people and we do this by doing a ton a contacting, like on the street or we always talk to our mototaxi guys, and also by visiting our menos activos. (less actives)

Thanksgiving was good though! We had zone conf and Pres Gomez came and spoke to us and the whole thing was about teaching by the spirit, which sounds easy but learning how to teach completely by the spirit is actually super hard, so it was good to hear what he had to say.
On the moto ride over though, the guy driving was singinggggg his heart out. I mean like belting this christian song and I was trying so hard not to bust out laughing.

Every Sunday we have this thing where all the missionaries in Tarapoto meet together and we go and rescue menos activos with the members, its super fun. And it was me and Snyder and a member. But later that night we had a cool experience! Also every Sunday we have a consejo (counsel) and it went pretty late so we only had like an hour left to teach but our appointment scheduled wasn’t home so we were walking around trying to find someone to teach and we decided to go to this menos activos house and we knocked on her door like 5 times but she didn’t answer so we started walking away and then she finally came outside and our lesson was just how if we trust in god he can change our hearts and desires and she just started crying cause she said that she knows that she needs to change and we asked what she thought god wanted from her and she said “He wants her to start attending church again!” So that was really cool.

This week I'm freaking out a little bit cause my comp is "dying" (going home) in 2 weeks and I’m gonna be left alone!! haha but really she’s leaving for a meeting in Iquitos for 2 days this week and I’m gonna be companions with Sister Nelson!! haha so wish me luck in running my area this week(; but when she leaves for real, I won’t have a comp for a whole week because changes aren’t until the week after sooooooo I’ll have to call every day to work with members which could be horrible hahaha ,but really pray for me that we can find a different way!!!!! lol 
k love you!! bye!!!

Hermana Jackson

                                                                           


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Third Week In Tarapoto

Hey guys! I’m so sorry I didn’t write last week!! Not gonna lie, it was one of the toughest weeks out here yet.  Return missionaries tell you that missions are hard but you have no idea what that even means! Every missionary needs to go through those weeks I guess, but if you are preparing to serve right now, just remember there’s gonna be some really really hard weeks so start doing everything you can right now to make life easier for you out in the field (: but everything’s cool and IM AN ADULT NOW. (: Whhhhhat, how am I even 20 idk.
Monday my group went to a place called Llamas and I was super disappointed cause I thought we were literally going to see some llamas but it’s actually this castle thing haha but its super random because some rich italian guy just came and randomly built the castle like 5 years ago so it’s actually not that cool (; .
This week was awesome because I went on three different splitz!!! My companion is the missionary hermana leader, so whenever other comps are having problems we go on splitz and they decided to do them all this week. On Tuesday I was companions with my home girl out here on the mish! Hna Snyder is the coolest. We are a tonnn alike and we had so much fun as companion’s haha. That’s why we don’t think we will ever get to be real comps); haha,  but we were running my area and my area is huge and I’ve only been here for 3 weeks so I barely know where my house is (; so we got lost.. a lot.. haha but we just did a lot of street contacting and it worked out! The last visit of the day was with my investigator Aurura. She’s super awesome. She is 78 and has an awesome testimony of god, at the end of our lesson we asked her to end our lesson with a prayer and she literally prayed for 15 MINUTES!! I’m not even joking, it was terrible cause me and Snyder were doing everything we possibly could not to lose it by the end of the prayer and it was such a great prayer but seriously we didn’t think it was ever going to end it was nuts!!! haha
The other days I taught with Hmn Poma from Bolivia in her area Shilcayo and Hnm Walker a gringo from Lehi in my area! Both are sweethearts. Idk why they don’t always put gringos together though cause seriously everrrryyyyone will let you into their house for a lesson its awesome (;
Saturday was my biiiiiirthday!! Mom, Im sooooo glad Luzmilla sent you a FB request, shes awesome. She’s super sassy but she’s my Peruvian mom out here on the mish and she just makes fun of me all the time cause she talks soooo fast and half the time I don’t understand her and she just makes fun of me but it’s a good time and I love her and her family (; but yeah the cupcake was pretty good!!   It had fondant on it instead of frosting, oh and she gave me the hug and kiss from you mom so don’t worry lol.  At 8 p.m. we came home and all the people on the ward council were there and it was super cute. That’s what all those pictures are from!! One of the ladies is named Alicia and she is the most darling elderly lady and we teach her all the time.  She’s a converso (convert) and she gave me body wash wrapped in a little bag and paper cause she said for my birthday the most important thing she wants for me is to have good salud (health) (; it was reallyyyy cute!  At the end of the night I stood up to get a picture with my comp and OUT OF NOWHERE a stinking cat literally bit my leg off. Not even joking haha,  so now I just really hate all cats that ever existed, (; but its fine and I’m pretty sure I’m going to live (; anyways, love you guys!!!!
Hermana Jackson



With her companion Hna Vega.

This is Kaitlyn's home - The sister's live upstairs.

View from the their mototaxi.

With Hna Snyder & a ward member who might be one of her Pensionista's

Inside their house.

P-day at the Llama's castle with all the Hna's.

Monday, November 9, 2015

First Area - Tarapoto

Well I made it to the jungle! I’m in an area called Tarapoto. It’s in the mountains!! It’s so beautiful here. Tarapoto is about an hour plane ride from Iquitos. My companion is Hermana Vega! She´s Latina but she’s from California so she can speak English so that’s super helpful. I understand sooooo much Spanish its super cool, except when people start directly asking me stuff then I have no idea what they’re saying (; cause I understand what people are saying by hearing the words I know, so when they talk a lot I understand the topic haha but also I’m suuuper good at pretending to know what they’re talking about when really I have no idea(;

I live in a room with cement floors and stone walls. But there’s a spiral staircase that leads up to it from the outside so that makes me happy haha the only thing that I hate about it is that I alllllways have these little ants all over my desk and this morning I had 9798734 little spiders in my bed it was the worst but I’m all tough now so it’s cool haha.

We have 2 different pencionistas and I love them both so much!! They take really good care of us and the food is really good!! Here they have every fruit you can think of and the fruit trees grow everywhere it’s so cool! My pencionistas names are Rosio and Mariesol. And we live above the home of Luzmilla who does our laundry and also we teach her family all the time.

My first time I went proselyting was in Iquitos. My comp is a sister leader and had a meeting so I went as a trio with other sisters!! It was so cool, the people are so accepting. It was sooo funny though, there was a group of little girls all 6 to 9 and we were talking to them outside and then we went in this lady’s house to teach them and I sat down and we started talking about the power of prayer and then I start hearing giggling and all 10 girls were standing outside the bedroom door and they all started to touch my hair and the lady of the house was just staring at me like, what in the world is going on hahahaha it was so funny.. I had to shoo them out! All of them wanted like 10 hugs when we left though.

Everyone gets around here by the mototaxi cars, they’re sweet I like them alot. Oh we taught this one lady Elva, She’s a reference and we taught her about the plan of salvation and at the end of the lesson we invited her to give the closing prayer but she didn’t know how and she is just the most hilarious lady with the biggest laugh and she was just cracking up cause she didn’t want to give the prayer so Hna Vega stood up and walked over to her and whispered a prayer in her ear, like little kids in primary, it was so cute. 

In another lesson we started out by singing a song but I had no idea what the song even was, so it was terrible but I feel like all the Peruvians, bless their hearts, are tone deaf, but it wasn’t that big of a deal (; but yeah this place is super super cool!

Love you!!
Hermana Jackson





Looking down a trail by their humble little home.  



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Letter From Kaitlyn's Mission President - 1st Day In Iquitos




LA IGLESIA DE

JESUCRISTO

DE LOS SANTOS

DE LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS

  

11/3/2015

Dear Jackson Family:

We are pleased to inform you that we picked up your daughter today at the Iquitos Perú Airport. She is happy and ready to serve. We have spent much of today interviewing and training your daughter, and she was assigned to work with a trainer. We know that the mission experience will be life changing for your daughter. As we often tell the missionaries, “Of all the converts you will have during your mission, you will be the best convert.”

Thank you for helping to prepare your daughter to serve a mission. We are very excited to serve with your daughter. We have included two photographs of her.

Sincerely,

Presidente Alejandro Gómez Moreno        Hermana Graciela García de Gómez
Misión Perú Iquitos                                     Misión Perú Iquitos

 

Misión Perú Iquitos
Jr. Napo #478
Iquitos, Maynas
Loreto
Perú




Hermana Jackson with Presidente & Hermana Gomez
 
 

Hermana Jackson with her district and Presidente & Hermana Gomez. I think the rest of the missionaries are another district that came to Iquitos from the CCM the same day. Some of the sisters were in her first pictures she sent home after arriving.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One more week in the CCM.

Heyyyyy. I can’t believe the time is already here! We leave the CCM sometime Tuesday morning I think. So you probably won’t hear from me
for a little while, until the next Monday. Which is fine cause then maybe
my letters will actually have some cool stuff to read about by then
because the CCM life is the same everyday (;  

This week I had a cool experience! We did this activity where instead of teaching investigators lessons we just taught the people in the other class,
The point was to ask them inspired questions and then help teach
whatever the missionary needed to hear. I asked one of the elders we
were teaching if all of his family were members and he said that he was a
convert and so was his mom, but his Dad wasn’t, and I felt the biggest
urge to tell him that the decision he made to come on a mission was
the right one. So I stopped and told him that I knew his family would
be blessed and he has no idea what the lord has in store for him and
what this would do for himself as well as his Dad. And I felt the
spirit so strongly as I was talking, it was like my whole heart was on
fire.  And after the lesson he said that’s something he really needed
to hear because it’s been really hard especially without the total
support from his Dad. So that was just awesome to see how the lord
works through missionaries to help others.

This weeks days have blended together like the others! Today was the last day at the temple for 17 more months!!! There’s this picture there that’s so
awesome, its of two little Peruvian children standing next to Christ
so Mom if you find it you should send it to me cause, its sooo beautiful.
The Latinas here are so hilarious, this new group of Latinas say I
look like Brittany Spears hahahaha, yikes,  but they think every gringo looks
like a celebrity, they say 4 Elders here look like Zac Efron hahaha.
I don’t have much to tell you!!! Love you guys!!! Miss you lots!!!
Next time you hear from me I’ll be in the jungle(;

Love, Hermana Jackson


This is where they practice knocking doors and teaching investigators.
It's staged for the missionary's on the CCM campus.

These cute sisters were all heading for the mission field last week.
She said that they each thought they had old fashioned middle names
so they are all being old grandma's :)   It's good to see them having fun right?
























Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week #4 in the CCM

Oh my goodness I’m so excited to write you this week!!  The proselyting activity was the most amazing experience ever. I was soooo nervous for it but it was definitely the best day in Peru so far. We left the CCM at 12:15 p.m.and rode a bus to our area. The area is called Chosica.   Look it up its sooo amazing. It’s this city in between mountains and there’s a big river that runs right through the middle of it, it’s so beautiful. It’s considered part of the Lima East mission!!
Its about an hour and a half away from the CCM. We all met in a church just inside the city and there we met our companions! Hna Haynie and I were able to stay together so we were super happy about that. Our
companions were Hna Cox from Logan Utah who’s been out in the field 9 months and Hmn Chaves from Ecuador who’s been out 4 months!! It was such a blessing to have a comp that spoke English (; and then we also had another girl with us and she lives in Lima and leaves for her mission to Uruguay in January, so we had five girls all together.  The first thing we did was take a bus out of the main part of the city, the buses here are nuts haha. Our area was incredible. The houses are built all the way up the mountains, so we were walking the streets and climbing huge stair cases. We talked to a lot of ladies who were just standing outside on the street, they were older ladies and they were the cutest things ever!
All the older women really mumble when they talk, but I could understand parts of what they were saying and it was the coolest thing ever. All of them called me a Bonita, little doll in Spanish, it was super funny(: all the ladies here kiss your cheek when you greet them it’s my favorite thing. One lady who lived at the very top of the mountain was standing outside mopping her porch and we started talking to her about the gospel. She said she had heard about it before but she didn’t know much. The small conversation turned into giving her the whole plan of salvation lesson right there on her porch. Her son came out half way through and we asked him who Jesus Christ was to him and he said that Jesus Christ was his Salvador.(Savior) And then the Hermanas turned to me and asked me who Jesus was to me and I bore my Testimony of Jesus Christ and it was the most amazing experience. The next house we went to, we knocked on the huge metal door and it had big plastic bags over it and this lady pulled back one of the plastic bags and we just talked to her through the door, she said her daughter was sick so as we were leaving we asked if we could have a prayer and pray for her daughter, so we prayed right there with the lady barely peaking her head out. And then the last house we went to was a lady named Luz, she had recently been baptized and became a member and we just shared with her some of our favorite scriptures and explained why. This was the most amazing experience, the whole time I was so incredibly happy and it reminded me of why I’m here. I love the people here so much you have no idea, the whole time I could not stop thinking that this is exactly where I am supposed to be, and my Spanish isn’t perfect but I know I can love these people with my wholeeee heart, like seriously I was made for this (; . I’m so grateful I made the decision to be on a mission!

Love you guys,

Love Hermana Jackson




                                                                   P-day at the Temple
                                                   
                                                           New leather scripture covers

                                             District on the proselyting activity in Chosica
*Entire district will be serving in Iquitos.


*I keep reminding her to change the date on her camera. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week #3 CCM

Hey guys!!! I’m 1.5 way through my CCM experience! Kinda crazy. This
week has gone by pretty fast but the days here are so incredibly long,
Sometimes one day feels like 2 weeks. My Spanish is getting better (: still
terrible but esta bien! (It’s ok) This Saturday we are going out and proselyting
by ourselves with a missionary who is already out in the field and I
am sooooo nervous!!!!! Ahhh you’ll hear about it next week I guess!
So after p day ends at 6, we have cena (dinner) and then go back to class and
later that night we have a TRC where we go and teach another
missionary companionship who’s acting as the investigator and I didn’t
use any notes AT ALL. That’s huge for me cause the first two weeks,
for all of our lessons I would have to write down all the stuff I wanted to say before hand in my notebook so that I could actually talk
during our lessons. lol but yeah this time I just strung together
sentences without any notes at all and you have no idea how happy that
made me, even though it was nowhere near being grammatically correct (;
and ever since,I haven’t used any notes with any of our progressing
investigators!!
Talking about investigators, Hermana Haynie and I had a humbling experience
with “Fernando”. So Fernando the week before told us he had problems
with drinking and smoking and so I prepared this super good lesson on
the atonement and the word of wisdom and was super pumped to teach him
cause I felt so prepared and then we get in there and he COMPLETELY
throws us under the bus and said that his wife had just left him this
morning and is now living with another guy and he’s super sad and his
wife is the one with problems…… LIKE WHAT? Soooo yeah that was terrible
cause first off I had no idea what he was saying because he told the
whole story super fast so I literally said four words that whole
lesson and Hna Haynie spent 5 minutes looking up a scripture, haha
ahhhh, it was so bad, but that just taught us that we just have to
totally rely on the spirit and know the material better so we could have
helped him, because we were not prepared for that.
Tell Grandma N that I got her letter today and it made me so so
so happy!!! It takes a week or two to get here so if anyone wants
to send me letters I wouldn’t be upset . (;

The traffic here is super crazy I can’t even tell you. No one ever uses
their blinker and they honk at anything and seriously stop for
nothing. There’s a bunch of round abouts all over the city and a
million cars are in there at once and everyone just cuts everyone off.
Some funny things that happened this week… Hna Allred plugged in Hna Firths
blow dryer in the 220 slot and I bet you can’t guess what happened when
she turned it on high!!! Haha, it blew up and it was super funny.
They have this thing here called the jello challenge and I did it last
night. Basically you eat a whole bowl of jello in one mouth full. I
feel really accomplished about it. Haha.

Hmmm what else can I tell you..Some days are really hard here. I don’t like them but they happen. But when those days come around I just have to say not my will but thy will be done 908790872908 X's in my head. That should get me through this next 3 weeks . (;

A spiritual experience we had the other day with our whole district
was we all went outside and stood in a circle and told what our reason
was for coming out on our missions. That was one of my favorite days here!
I love my district !! They’re all really sweet guys. Elder Balone is
Native American and he is from the reservation in Arizona and he sang a native
song for us the other night!! It was the coolest thing!

That’s really all I’ve got for this week!!! Love you guys!!! Thanks for everything!!
Love Hermana Jackson

               Not sure the two on the left, Hna Allred, Hna Kunz, Hna Jackson, Hna Haynie

                                              Hna Jackson & Hna Allred at a Store

Hna Kunz & Hna Jackson during lunch